Brainstorming the night before the event at Danau Kaseh
What a GREAT day we had on Wednesday! Every year we look forward to the Nordin Family gathering for Raya & this year was extra special as we had the family sports day too - we call it our Nordin Family Olympics ;)
Getting ready for the Briefing
Hanani is the GREEN house mascot - so sweeeet!
With Apak & Mak's 8 children, 7 menantu & 24 cucu, we had enough people to make the event a real Blast! The day started with breakfast (have to fill up for the BIG event!), then team members started preparing their mascots & Team cheer-song (4 teams - Red, Blue, Yellow & Green - all cucu-cucu).
Ateh Eda helping out the Blue Team Cheer-song
"Biru! Biru! Baik Jaga-Jaga Kamu!" (Sing to "Beat It" tune)
Andak Win with the YELLOW team - check out the headgear!
Each Team had their own Coach to guide them during the cheer-song performance (which was hilarious!), then the games started. 6 games altogether & points were collected for each team: 1. Passing Getah with Straw, 2. Ping Pong Ball in a spoon, 3. Empty water bottle on a Plate, 4. Filling up water in a Bottle with Sponge, 5. Sweets in Tepung, 6. Treasure Hunt. It was so much FUN!
Hakim - run, run, run!
Ngah strategizing with the RED team members
Anas filling up the bottle
Then we had 6-a-side Soccer: KL vs. Melaka. BL, BN, Azam, Danial, Izzat & Amir (KL) lawan AZ, Aswad, Zizi, Andy, Adlan & Hakim (Melaka). Apak was the umpire & both teams were so good! Ended with a tie: 2-2. We took a break for Lunch: Berkelah makan Nasi Lemak bawah pokok asam. After zohor, we gathered for the family meeting. This is the most anticipated event of the year for everyone. It is our tradition every year to have this gathering during Raya: Apak & Mak will give a speech to wrap up the events which had happened throughout the year, we give thanks to Allah for our blessings, we doa for the coming year, we exchange gifts with Apak & Mak, sisters & brother, and give angpows to nieces & nephews.
Beloved Apak & Mak
For me, Raya is complete only when we have this family gathering. It is just so special that I can't describe it in words. We reflect on what we had achieved for the year in our lives, our careers, our children's education; we talk, we laugh, we cry - it is a time for sharing, and reinforcing our love and commitment to the family. The warm & fuzzy feeling is so overwhelming during these gatherings that I can feel the love for days later..
Thank you so much Mak & Apak, Kak Long & Bang Long, Kak Ngah & Bang Ngah, Kak Mas & Azam, Eda & Aswad, Win & Zizi, Jerd & Ery, & Andy for all the wonderful presents & the Angpow for the kids; And most of all thank you for the precious time we shared together. We love you all - & look forward to our next gathering..
Selamat Hari Raya 2009 & Maaf zahir batin (^_^)